Our Team

Scheme Manager – Kerri Flanagan

Senior Co-ordinator – Michelle Steadman

Co-ordinator – Shabana Amin

Co-ordinator – Vanessa Slade (currently on maternity leave)

Co-ordinator – Rachael Haslam

Co-ordinator – Christie Lanquetin

Group Worker – Leeanne McGrath

Family Support Worker – Rachel Gordon

Senior Administrator – Emma Franks

Admin Assistant  – Vicky Wilde


Our Trustees have legal responsibility for the charity and employ the staff team. They set our strategic direction and oversee the work we do. Our Trustee board consists of:

Alan H photo_EditAlan Hedgecox – Chair

Alan is married to Christine with 2 children and 4 granddaughters.
He has spent over 45 years working in the insurance industry gaining experience in management, sales, contract negotiation, personnel and administration and wanted to ‘put something back’. Alan joined Home-Start Kirklees as a Trustee in 2011 and has been Chair since 2015.

When not enjoying his family or being involved in Home-Start any spare time is given up to walking, holidays, going to the theater and cinema, reading, playing golf (not too good!), singing with Huddersfield Gilbert and Sullivan  Society, having an allotment and Alan also has an interest in history through Marsden Historical Society.


Lynda PLynda Pickering – Vice Chair

Lynda spent her working life in what has now become Department of Work and Pensions.  After many years in the benefit areas, she spent some time in finance and fraud, before becoming a management consultant which she considers the human equivalent of WD40! She has a lot of experience in project management from feasibility to evaluation and hopes some of this experience can be used to support Home-Start Kirklees’ activities.

Outside work, she has 2 daughters, five grandchildren and a neurotic dog – all of them well past Home-Start’s target age range. Fortunately, she has a reasonably good memory.  She is pleased to have the opportunity to help other families get a helping hand when it’s most useful.


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David Mason – Treasurer

BSc (Hons 1), ACMA, FBCS, FIMC, CEng

David has lived in the Holme Valley for over 50 years.  He is married with two grown sons.  He has been a director of several companies with over 30 years’ experience at board level in both the public and private sectors.  His career took him all over the world working for a large international consultancy and other international organizations such as the UN, USAID and the European Commission.  He has significant experience of both in the UK and abroad of improving business systems’ economy, efficiency and effectiveness and can demonstrate making savings in excess of £30 million per annum.  He joined Home-Start in 2016 as our Treasurer.

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Vanessa Stirum

Vanessa Stirum joined Home-Start as a trustee in 2016. She worked in the probation service for 25 years and has been working as a divorce mediator across West and South Yorkshire for the past 10 years.

This has been combined with non-executive roles in the NHS stretching back to 1992, her most recent being a lay member of greater Huddersfield GP commissioning group. This gives her a good understanding of the current funding landscape.

On a personal level Vanessa is married and lives in Almondbury with her husband. All her children are grown up and she now has three grandchildren who she is lucky enough to see on a regular basis which is keeping her very fit! Vanessa believes Home Start has a bright and exciting future thanks to the fantastic contribution made by staff, trustees, volunteers and families.

Arthur M_EditArthur Martin

Born in Lincolnshire, raised and educated in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, the son of a miner, Arthur has lived in Yorkshire for the past 40 years. He has worked in social care for 37 years in a variety of roles including childrens residential services, youth offending, group work, social work and social care management. He has also lectured at Thomas Danby College, Leeds and Bradford College. Arthur is a qualified social worker and manager gaining both qualifications in Bradford.

He has been committed to improving children’s services and ensuring children and families have the best possible support in their lives. In providing training, he has tried to ensure that workers continually improve their knowledge and practice, this includes student social workers as practice educators. Arthur’s own interests are his family, travel and sports.

Katie Sharp

Katie Sharp

Katie Sharp is a solicitor specialising in residential property. Having worked in the industry for 10 years Katie has a wealth of experience and in depth knowledge of the residential property industry.

Katie is an Enterprise Advisor for Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership where she works with schools and young people equipping them with employability skills they need to support and inspire their career aspirations. Katie is a keen runner and regularly participates in events on behalf of her local running club, Denby Dale Athletics Club. She is also an England Athletics Assistant Coach where she helps coach the junior section of the club.

Toni G_EditToni Gibbs

Married for 31 years to Jonathan, she is a mother of three energetic grown up children and now a grandma to a young grandaughter.

Toni first began volunteering with Home Start on the Wirral when her youngest child started school. Toni has a background in both early years and the BBC. As a people person she felt it the best way for her to ‘give something back’. She never imagined just how involved she would become over the years!

As the scheme expanded Toni trained as a Breastfeeding Peer Supporter. She also came to realize that families often needed even more practical support than Home Start could give them, and with others with a similar vision, set up and ran, alongside her Home Start visiting, The Besom in Wirral, a local Christian organisation which sought to match local giving to local need. She worked very closely with families and statutory and voluntary agencies to try and improve home conditions by encouraging others to give skills, time or things.

Toni’s husband’s job brought them to Kirklees three years ago. In her spare time she loves upholstery classes, exploring the countryside and spending time with friends and her expanding family.

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Alison finished almost 40 years of working for the Probation service in West Yorkshire in April 2018 and became a trustee of Home-Start in October.  In her most recent years in Probation Alison was based in the HR team, delivering training and ensuring compliance with Equalities legislation.   She has a keen interest in staff development and inclusion.   Alison has previous experience as a school governor, as a non-executive director of the local heath trust and nationally representing parents on the General Teaching Council.  She also has several years’ experience working in professional regulation.  She was previously a trustee of the Together Women Project and is also a council member of the St Hild Theological College in Mirfield.   She has had a long-standing interest in supporting women within the Criminal Justice system and is hoping she can bring experience of both this aspect of her career and also HR experience to support Home-Start locally.

Alison has two (very different!) daughters, one a dance teacher in Huddersfield, one a chemist in Oxfordshire.  Spare time interests include canals, photography, music and theatre and she has recently become a volunteer steward at the Lawrence Batley Theatre and sings with a local women’s choir.